The DCM community is based on respect and cooperation. Dancers should be able to enjoy the art of dance in a positive, healthy, and distraction-free environment. Students, parents, staff, faculty, and alumni are expected to abide by DCM's community standards for behavior.
The DCM community guides our students to build skills for life in an environment where honesty, integrity, and respect are taken seriously. All students are asked to abide by the following guidelines in all of their endeavors at DCM:
Students are expected to have the utmost respect toward fellow students, visitors, faculty, and staff. All community members should speak courteously to each other at all times. Abusive, profane, and disrespectful language is not acceptable at any time. Disruptive or
distracting behavior in the hallways, studios, or other shared spaces is strictly prohibited. DCM reserves the right to take disciplinary action or require the expulsion of a student who does not comply with the rules of conduct, disregards major school regulations, violations of the law, or for lack of parental cooperation.
Parents are expected to be polite to all DCM students, faculty, staff, and other parents. Any rude or aggressive behavior from parents will not be tolerated. Use of offensive language or harassment toward any member of the DCM community will result in the dismissal of their child/children without a refund. Parents are prohibited from contacting or disciplining a student other than their own. Any questionable behavior must be directly reported to a DCM staff member immediately.
Students and staff are mutually responsible for reporting any incidents that occur in and around DCM. Once aware of an incident, individuals must inform an appropriate DCM staff member. An incident report will be completed and forwarded to the Directors, parents, and any other parties deemed necessary.
Violence, threats of violence, possession of weapons or items used in a dangerous fashion, and harassment of others will result in immediate suspension or expulsion of the student(s) involved. This includes any harassment or threat of violence via social media.
The progress of each student is monitored continuously throughout the year by the faculty and Directors. These individuals reserve the right to change a student’s level when appropriate. Students do not automatically advance to the next level at the end of each year.
Emotional maturity, physical development, comprehension, competency of execution, and body strength may require additional years of training at any given level. DCM’s faculty are not permitted to provide any information regarding a student’s progress to any students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Parents and guardians are strictly prohibited from requesting a level change for their child. Final-level changes are at the discretion of the Directors. If it has been determined that a student should be assigned to a different level, a staff member will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of that change.
A student wishing to attend the pre-professional program coming from another school must attend a placement class for proper evaluation. This class must be scheduled in advance by clicking HERE. An evaluation class is free of charge. The student’s evaluation may be discussed with the dancer directly after class, or the DCM office will communicate this information at a later time.
Students are expected to arrive to DCM with sufficient time to properly prepare for classes each day. In the interest of injury prevention, DCM reserves the right to bar any student who arrives late from participating in the class. Consistent lateness constitutes grounds for dismissal. All missed lessons must be scheduled through the parent portal and made up within the session missed. Students who miss more than four performance/technique classes in a session may be removed from choreography and/or performance. No refunds will be given. Any student who is not prepared for class because of lateness, behavior problems, or inattention to the dress code may be asked by the teacher to sit and observe class instead of participating.
Students with minor injuries or illnesses are required to observe all classes in the studios. A student will be excused from classes and rehearsals only in the case of serious illness, injury, or an emergency. Any student injury must promptly be reported to DCM at email@example.com with the subject line INJURY. Students with injuries should seek the treatment of a medical professional before attempting to take class. Please ask the DCM office for a list of medical professionals in our area who have experience treating dancers and a form for them to fill out. We ask that you have your medical professional fill out the form indicating what dance movements are safe for your dancer to perform. When sent by a student, a parent or guardian must be cc’ed on this email. A medical professional must clear students with injuries before returning to class.
DCM considers the Harford County Public School system closings in its decisions concerning inclement weather closures but does not follow them. DCM is not responsible for classes canceled as a result of extreme weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the control of DCM. Students have the option to make up any missed classes in any other class, at the student's level or a lower level, by signing up through the parent portal.
DCM’s social media pages will be updated at least one hour prior to class time to reflect changes to the daily schedule due to inclement weather.
DCM strives to offer teaching that is individual and “hands-on.” Under normal circumstances, it is appropriate for a faculty member to manually and physically position a student to improve technique. DCM never condones nor tolerates any touching of students by instructors that is harmful, professionally reckless, or that violates generally accepted tenets of propriety.
There is nothing more important to us than our students' safety!
To cut down on congestion and ensure classes begin and end promptly at our new location, we will receive and release students as follows:
Dancers age 10 and under
Dancers age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult when entering or exiting the facility - no exceptions. We do not recommend students younger than 12 years old go outside anywhere without supervision. Please discuss this policy with your dancer and remember this is for their safety.
All parents/guardians should park in the DCM lot to the left of the building. Students should be walked inside the front door no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of their class. Do not allow your child to wear their dance shoes outside the studio. We will assist young dancers with any shoe changes during class.
Students must arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of each class and are required to stay with their parent or guardian until they are received into the dance studio. Late arrivals should enter the studio room quietly due to their class already being in session.
If a parent or guardian is more than 5 minutes late picking up, their dancer will be seated in the lobby. If an emergency occurs hindering timely pick up, please notify the office. Students should remain in the waiting area until their parent/guardian arrives and not at the front desk area or outside the studio.
If parent/guardian is late more than 3 times when picking up their dancer, they will be charged $10 per occurrence for each time they are more than 15 minutes late again. The studio is not responsible for caring for children who are not picked up on time.
Dancers age 11 and up
Dancers age eleven and up may be dropped off in the designated drop-off area in front of the building and should enter the building through the front doors entrance. Please refer to the map provided below.
Students should wait in the building after class to be picked up. Parents/guardians are asked to pick up dancers one of two ways:
There is NO supervision of dancers before or after classes or rehearsals. Generally, there is a person at the front desk area during office hours for administrative and customer service. However, the presence of someone at the front desk cannot be guaranteed.
DCM notes that some dancers may wish to leave the studio and go to surrounding establishments such as Subway or Menchie's. DCM accepts no responsibility or liability for students leaving the building. Dancers who leave the building unsupervised do so at their own risk.
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